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Local swimmers thrive at regional competition
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Warren County swimmers recently competed at the Tennessee State Regional Championships held in Nashville. Five swimmers from Warren County made the journey to this year’s meet in hopes of making a fast enough trip through the water to advance to the state finals this weekend.
Ben Sweeton blazed a trail through the swimming pool and finished near the top. Sweeton medaled in the 100-yard freestyle and also qualified for the state championship meet in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke.
Julie Cloute-Cazalaa is a French exchange student and a member of the swim team. Although she may not have won her race, she placed high enough to qualify for the state meet in the 100-yard backstroke.
Luke Hoover, Hannah Wright, and Marlie Henegar were also among this year’s competitors who represented Warren County at the regional meet. Although they did not meet the required times to advance to the state meet, the three swimmers recorded impressive times and set personal-best records in their respective events.
All members of the swim team are residents of Warren County with the exception of Cloute-Cazalaa. Each member of the team travels to Coffee County three to four days per week after school to train at Manchester Recreation Complex, which features an indoor pool.
The practice days do not include the dual meets which are scheduled events. Those are extra days on top of already existing practice days.
Team members must pay a monthly pool membership and a separate team fee.
The state championships are this weekend and will be held at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville. The event is conducted by Nashville Aquatic Club.